Sunday, July 25, 2021

CranePaddle: Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck Ri...

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About CranePaddle: Kayak Adventure on The Castle Neck River

One of the best was to enjoy the natural beauty of the Massachusetts North Shore is kayaking the placid waters of the Great Marsh—the largest continuous stretch of salt marsh in New England, extending from Cape Ann to New Hampshire. The Castle Neck peninsula on the Crane Estate is a vast barrier beach that protects the tidal estuary of the Essex River basin. Running along its back side is the Castle Neck River, a superb location for paddlers of all skill levels to explore these sheltered waters.

This intimate kayak tour offers the perfect vantage point to observe the unique environment of the salt marsh and the wildlife that calls it home. Keep your eyes peeled for herons, egrets, and other shore-birds—with luck we may even spot an osprey soaring overhead! Depending on the wind and tide conditions on the day of the trip, destinations may include a beach landing on Castle Neck or one of the various islands in the Crane Wildlife Refuge.

Please note: Participants must be competent swimmers and age 15 or older. While appropriate for all levels of kayak skill, this trip is physically demanding. The starting location and other relevant details for all will be emailed to registrants the day before the event at the address provided upon registration.

Equipment policy: For each guest, we provide a sit-on-top kayak, paddle, and personal floatation device (a.k.a., PFD or “life-jacket”). You are also welcome to bring your own equipment. If you’d like to do so, please purchase your reservation and then email us at with a brief description of the equipment you’d like to bring (e.g., 14’ sit-in kayak, paddle, PFD). Use of personal equipment is contingent on approval by Trustees staff and signing of liability waiver.

Weather cancellation policy: All trips will take place rain or shine with the following exceptions: If there is a high confidence that thunder and lightning will be present, we may cancel a trip up to one hour in advance. If the forecast is for steady and heavy rain all day, we may decide to cancel within 24 hours of the event. If either of these happens, all registrants will be notified by email with as much notice as possible and receive a full refund.

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